Trish Bongard Godfrey

Making the Bedroom Hot (The R-40 Solution)

06 January 2014
Trish Bongard Godfrey

The R-40 Solution

Ok – I love my projects but this one has had the most amazing results! And I am embarrassed to admit that this is one of the things I should have done when we first renovated the house.

I am not kidding when I say I used to wake up in the winter with a cold nose. Our second floor bedroom, which was under the third floor attic space, was cold, drafty, and uncomfortable. I got lazy, or ran out of time or funds or imagination or patience, when we renovated the house. I made a BIG mistake in focusing on insulating only the walls that we had opened up, and not just ripping apart the third floor and insulating properly. Better late than never.

Right after the past holiday we bashed a hole in the knee wall in my third floor. We bought about $1000 worth of R14 pink batt insulation which fits in the stud walls, and R40 Attic insulation, which we just lay down on top of the rafters. Where there was a chance it would touch the roof, we protected with a foam channel to prevent thermal bridging. In the stud walls, we removed and replaced the old paper-backed insulation with the R14.

OMG! I can’t believe what a difference this has made. Good-bye, cold nose. Good-bye, heavy duvet. No more drafts – even TODAY with -20C temperatures. Absolutely incredible. Most houses over 30 years old — most of Toronto — do not have proper insulation. If you haven’t insulated your attic, RUN, don’t walk, to Home Depot, grab the materials and JUST DO IT! You will feel better in winter and summer, save money, and help the planet. For details, give me a call.

Bonus! No more snow-melt on my roof.